The winners at goEast
by Bénédicte Prot
27/04/2012 - At the 12th Eastern and Central European goEast film festival from April 18 to 24 this year, the international jury led by Romanian director Cristi Puiu awarded the Skoda Prize or Golden Lily for Best Film (with a cash prize of €10,000) to Russian film Living by Vasiliy Sigarev about a wife and mother in mourning. The film also won the FIPRESCI Prize.
The Remembrance and Future Award for Best Documentary, also with a cash prize of €10,000, went to German film Revision by Philip Scheffner, in which he investigates the death by shooting of two Romanians, twenty years after their bodies were discovered on the German-Polish border.
The Award for Best Director from the town of Wiesbaden (€7,500) went to the Bulgarian Konstantin Bojanov for his 2011 Cannes selecteeAvé [trailer, film focus], a film that manages to turn an insignificant fact into a disturbing event. The Federal Foreign Office (2,000 euros) rewarded Mother's Paradise by Kazakh filmmaker Aktan Arym Kubat for its "artistic originality in creating cultural diversity”, while the jury also reserved a special mention for the documentary Will There Be A Theatre Up There?! by Georgian filmmaker Nana Janelidze.
The festival, aimed at fuelling dialogue between East and West as well as between veteran and younger filmmakers, also chose its winners in the student competition and handed out the co-production prizes from the RobertBosch fund.
(Translated from French)